Internet Explorer Security problems has once again risen the browser to the top of the world’s most UNWANTED list. Internet Explorer was released in 1995; it’s been almost 20 years since Microsoft’s Internet web browser has been in circulation/available. You would think after almost 20 years of having a web browser in circulation and being included with the Windows operating system, that Microsoft would have taken the time and effort to really get into making their web browser the most secure— considering that Microsoft makes it a requirement that their Internet browser be integrated with the operating system— but NO, they haven’t done that.
Back in January 2010, United States and Germany both advised all their users not to use Internet Explorer because of security flaws. I can respect the fact that Microsoft wants to continue pushing Internet Explorer as the default Internet browser and that they want everyone to use their browser default, but sadly, Internet Explorer has always had an excessive amount of security flaws to it and Microsoft seems disinclined to take Internet browser security seriously.
Internet Explorer has consistently and repeatedly shown itself to be the worst performer of Internet browsers available. Google’s Chrome and Firefox have repeatedly established themselves as the Internet’s most secure browsers. So it comes as no surprise, that since the latest security problem with Internet Explorer, users are being advised to use either Chrome or Firefox.
If given the option, I would never use Internet Explorer, but unfortunately many companies and workplaces still use Internet Explorer as the default browser. I’m sure this is done so simply because most of the IT groups that support these companies and workplaces just like working with Microsoft products. Let’s not forget that Internet Explorer is included with the operating system. It’s hard to knock the percentage numbers down on browser use of Internet Explorer, which included with the operating system, and used by default. The problem is that Microsoft is shown themselves to be relatively incompetent in the area of security.
And Internet browser is the portal by which someone accesses the Internet; it’s the center point from which people primarily use portable devices and PCs. It makes all the sense in the world for the people who provide the Internet browsers to make sure that those applications/browsers are as secure as possible when users are accessing information over the Internet. Consistently, Internet Explorer has shown itself to be susceptible to security problems and hacks, and now the compromise of personal data on a machine [again].
Take for example, Microsoft Security Essentials; Microsoft Security Essentials is a application provided by Microsoft that is supposed to provide security for the Windows operating system, but Microsoft Security Essentials/Windows Defender has repeatedly shown itself to be the worst performing antivirus software available. Microsoft made the comment about Microsoft Security Essentials that it was only there to encourage users to purchase more comprehensive antivirus protection.
What’s funny about that is that it comes back around and reflects directly upon what Microsoft is doing with Internet Explorer, and there’s an age-old joke that goes along with that; which is to say Internet Explorer is only good for downloading Chrome or Firefox. The irony is that that joke has now become nonfiction and users are actually being notified and told to download other web browsers, other than Internet Explorer.
Leave it to Microsoft to try to use marketing campaigns to convince users to come back to Internet Explorer as opposed to actual performance and security results.
To prove Microsoft is incompetent in the area of security, you just have to look at the two offerings that I mentioned previously; Internet Explorer and Microsoft Security Essentials. Both of these applications have the greatest potential to protect users from Internet threats, viruses and malicious acts by third parties, but Microsoft doesn’t take seriously the responsibility of protecting users from threats like that.
Microsoft seems to be very comfortable with providing low quality essential applications and opening up their user base to security compromises.
The current Internet Explorer vulnerability extends all the way from version 6 to the latest version; allowing attackers to compromise all the information on the local PC.
I think it’s time for Microsoft to back away from the table where security is taken seriously, and let other people/professionals, who are serious about protecting users and update their applications on a regular basis to deal with common/modern threats, provide valuable and essential service that users deserve.